When you begin the job application process, you need to make sure your resume is optimized and ready to be sent out to employers. The struggle isn't so much finding enough things to include on your resume. Rather, it's choosing what skills, experiences, and accomplishments to include on your resume to boost your likelihood of landing an interview.
No one calling you back after you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online? You’ve spent HOURS of time filling out applications and you still haven’t seen any results. Why is that? Did you know there’s only a 3% chance you’re going to get called after applying to an online job posting? Yup. Kind of takes the wind out of your sails, doesn’t it? The average job posting gets about 200 applicants, and HALF of those applicants get disqualified based on technicalities. From there, recruiters go in and use the applicant tracking system to filter out candidates. Once they have about 20 applications, they will go through them one by one. However, only 3-6 people will actually get called for phone screens out of this group. And only three people out of that group will likely get a chance to come in for in-person interviews. So, as you can see, the chances of you getting called are very low. That’s why this type of job search isn’t a good approach for most job seekers. Unfortunately, most job seekers do end up spending their time on online job boards applying to jobs because it’s seemingly the “easiest” way to find jobs. It’s also the most publicized approach to job search. What you need to do instead is conduct a proactive job search that targets your top employers. Instead of “spraying and praying,” you need to spend your time and energy on activities that drive RESULTS in your job search. So, if you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online and haven’t gotten any interviews, it’s time to change up your job search strategy. Watch this free 20-minute video tutorial to find out how you can change your approach and start feeling better about your career. WATCH NOW!
If you’re looking for a job, you probably know how FRUSTRATING it is to fill out online job applications. They take forever to complete, they can time out while you’re in the middle of filling them out, and after all of the time and energy you put into them, you RARELY hear back from employers. So, what are you doing wrong? Chances are, you’re making this tiny mistake when you’re filling out online job applications… This little error could result in your application getting tossed every single time you apply for a job. And that’s just a waste of time! What’s the mistake? You’re not filling out every single field listed on the job application. Sometimes you’re allowed to “skip” a field when you’re filling out an online job application. And you might take advantage of this, thinking, “Well, I don’t have an answer for that, so I’m just going to skip it.” Unfortunately, by doing that, you’re getting yourself disqualified. Here’s why.... The applicant tracking system, or ATS, gathers all of the data you’ve filled in and puts it into a “digital spreadsheet” of sorts. It immediately looks through this “spreadsheet” and compares all of the candidates on the list. With so much competition for jobs posted online, employers have to have a system to eliminate candidates that might not be worth reviewing. That’s where this “spreadsheet” comes in. Basically, the ATS eliminates anyone who didn’t fill out the online job application completely so it can narrow down the applicants. So, if you skip fields on the application, it will likely get pulled from the “spreadsheet” and no one will ever see that you applied. While it’s frustrating, it happens. So, if you choose to apply to jobs online, make sure you fill out every field, even the ones you can skip. If it does not apply to you, put in “N/A.” That way, you won’t be tossed on a technicality. In the end, though, applying for jobs online is a lengthy, frustrating process. Strongly consider other job search techniques that will help you move forward faster and more effectively - like strategic networking!